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Strange But True



• It was American author and philosopher Eric Hoffer who made the following sage observation: “We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.”

• You probably know that certain species of snakes can grow to enormous size, with the longest specimens reaching upwards of 30 feet in length and the heaviest weighing more than 400 pounds. Kind of makes you wonder what these monstrous serpents eat – and you might be surprised. According to reports, a pet python named Houdini swallowed a queen-size electric blanket. Even more amazingly, after a two-hour operation, the snake lived!

• Interestingly, reports indicate that Alaskans eat twice as much ice cream per capita than the rest of the nation.

• It would seem that even powerful dictators can succumb to the pull of Hollywood. Il Duce, Benito Mussolini, was an extra in the film “The Eternal City,” and Cuba’s longtime dictator Fidel Castro had a bit part in a movie called “Holiday in Mexico.”

• And speaking of film, the world’s largest camera is located in Southern California, at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, which is no longer in use for military purposes. An entire hangar building, originally used to house airplanes, was sealed to ensure that no light entered except through a single pinhole in the side of the building. Unsurprisingly, the world’s largest camera was used to take the world’s largest photograph. A made-to-order canvas was suspended within the erstwhile hangar and coated with a substance to make it light-sensitive. After a 35-minute exposure, the canvas was developed, creating a photo 3,375 square feet in size.

• Those in the fruit industry say that a fully ripe cranberry is bouncy and can be dribbled like a basketball.

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Thought for the Day: “A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.” – G.K. Chesterton

(c) 2008 King Features Synd., Inc.

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